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1981 ROCK Top 100 Songs Of The Year

Top 100 rock songs of 1981, based on our weekly rock chart archive -- the longest running weekly rock charts anywhere.

songs 1 to 25songs 26 to 50songs 51 to 75songs 76 to 100

Rock Top 100 in popularity order


red # = rock chartblue # = pop chart

  26 Flying High Again 1     Dec 1981  
  Ozzy Osbourne  
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  27 A Life Of Illusion 1 25   Jun 1981  
  Joe Walsh  
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  28 Limelight 1     Apr 1981  
  Rush  
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  29 Fire And Ice 2 10   Aug 1981  
  Pat Benatar  
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  30 Magic Power 1     Nov 1981  
  Triumph  
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  31 A Woman In Love (It's Not Me) 1     Jul 1981  
  Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers  
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  32 Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like The White Winged Dove) 2 15   Sep 1981  
  Stevie Nicks  
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  33 Hold On Loosely 2 25   Apr 1981  
  38 Special  
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  34 Turn Me Loose 1 19   Feb 1981  
  Loverboy  
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  35 Waiting For A Girl Like You 1 1   Nov 1981  
  Foreigner  
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  36 Hang Fire 1     Oct 1981  
  The Rolling Stones  
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  37 The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) 4 13   Jun 1981  
  Greg Kihn Band  
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  38 Tom Sawyer 1     Mar 1981  
  Rush  
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  39 Once In A Lifetime 2     Jan 1981  
  Talking Heads  
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  40 Talk To Ya Later 2     Jun 1981  
  The Tubes  
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  41 The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love) 2 21   Mar 1981  
  Journey  
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  42 Lunatic Fringe 2     Dec 1981  
  Red Rider  
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  43 Tempted 3 26   Jul 1981  
  Squeeze  
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  44 Under Pressure 3 25   Nov 1981  
  Queen & David Bowie  
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  45 Another Tricky Day 4     Apr 1981  
  The Who  
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  46 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) 2     Dec 1981  
  AC/DC  
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  47 Don't Stop Believin' 1 7   Sep 1981  
  Journey  
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  48 Find Your Way Back 2 22   Apr 1981  
  Jefferson Starship  
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  49 Big Balls 4     May 1981  
  AC/DC  
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  50 Don't Let Him Go 2 17   Jan 1981  
  REO Speedwagon  
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From the longest-running weekly rock chart anywhere, find the top rock songs for 1981 or find another year from 1980 to date. Complete week-by-week rock chart archives are onine for the entire period. Click the red rock chart peak to find the chart where the song peaked.